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Cultural and Political Factors in Conducting Qualitative Research in China

Qualitative Research Journal
Volume 8 Issue 2 (2008)

Abstract: One of the main strengths of qualitative research is to focus on ideas, concepts and meanings involving individuals and groups of people in their own discourse. Instead of testing a narrow hypothesis or making a generalisation about a population on certain issues under investigation, qualitative research attempts to present different insights which can only be unearthed by direct and personal engagement with research participants (Brannen, 1992). This engagement should take place in a natural social context where real life takes place. However, conducting qualitative research in China can pose a huge challenge for both Chinese and international researchers. This paper examines some problems (ethics, linguistics, etc) of using qualitative research methods and tools such as interviews, participant observation, and Critical Discourse Analysis in China.

To cite this article: Yang, Gui Ying and Le, Thao. Cultural and Political Factors in Conducting Qualitative Research in China [online]. Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2008: doi: 10.3316/QRJ0802113. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=425608050502835;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1443-9883. [cited 02 Jul 16].

Personal Author: Yang, Gui Ying; Le, Thao; Source: Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2008: 113-123 DOI: 10.3316/QRJ0802113 Document Type: Conference Paper, Research ISSN: 1443-9883 EISSN: 1448-0980 Subject: Discourse analysis; Qualitative research; Cross-cultural studies; Discourse analysis--Research; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Email: Gyyang@utas.edu.au
(2) Senior Lecturer, Applied Linguistics, University of Tasmania, email: Thao.Le@utas.edu.au

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection